Should Third Parties Support ‘Vote Pacts’ To Avoid ‘Spoiling’ Elections?

Unlike other vote swapping schemes which pair a voter in a swing state with a voter in a ‘safe’ state, a vote pact pairs voters across party lines who each promise to cast their ballots for a third-party candidate instead.

Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, foreground, meets her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Third-party candidates are often accused of acting as “spoilers” by siphoning votes from the two major parties’ nominees and potentially tipping the balance in an election. Perhaps the most notable example of this is Ralph Nader. The former Green Party candidate is frequently accused of helping George W. Bush win the 2000 presidential election

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Greens & Libertarians Rally To Secure 5% Of The Popular Vote Ahead Of Election Day

Though third-party nominees received increased attention from both voters and the mainstream media in this year’s election cycle, they’re still up against the historic tendency of voters to ultimately cast their votes for Republicans and Democrats.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. First it was Bernie Sanders. Now it's Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein being sized up by many young people. With a day to go, Hillary Clinton has struggled to convince young voters that she deserves their support.

AUSTIN, Texas --- Although some indicators suggest the 2016 presidential election could be closer than initially expected, prominent third-party candidates are urging voters not to waver in their support for options outside the traditional two-party system. Alternatives to the Democrat and Republican nominees, such as the Green Party’s Dr. Jill

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NY Times Attacks Gary Johnson For Equating US, Syrian War Crimes

“No of course not – we’re so much better than all that. We’re so much better when in Afghanistan, we bomb the hospital and 60 people are killed in the hospital.”

Libertarian presidential candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speak with legislators at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Following an interview with the New York Times, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is coming under fire for noting a moral equivalence between killing civilians in airstrikes, and killing civilians in airstrikes. Pressed on the civilian death toll of Syrian airstrikes against populated areas, and whether he saw those as

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Your Vote For Jill Stein Is Not A Wasted Vote

“There are differences between the two candidates and the parties. But those differences aren’t enough to save your job.”

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. W hen Jill Stein ran as the Green Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, media attention to her candidacy was rare. Now, with two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history, she has received widespread attention. There seems to be record interest in third party campaigns, including

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Judge Rejects Third-Party Bid to Share Stage

Federal judge said lack of popular support drives scant media coverage, but what about the reverse?

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, right, greets students at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by the Green and Libertarian parties seeking a space on the debate stage alongside the Democrat/Republican "duopoly." The complaint, launched last fall, presented an anti-trust argument against the Commission on Presidential Debates, saying that a "cognizable political campaign market" is being

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As Disenfranchisement Rises, Third Parties Start To Shine

This disappointment in the two party system is beginning to show in a sudden unprecedented rise of America’s two major alternative political parties.

Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, waves at a rally in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

Washington, DC  – This week the New York Times revealed that the total number of primary votes cast for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump only account for about 9% of the US population. With so few voters responsible for the primary victories of two of history’s most disliked candidates it seems more people around the country are seeking out other,

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